Viking Sports offers a Coach In Training program for summer camps. The C.I.T. program is for kids aged 14-16 with the goal being to give future coaches an opportunity to experience the many intricacies of becoming a sport leader. C.I.T.’s may choose to be at our Brookline camp or one of our suburb sites (C.I.T.’s must provide their own transportation). Applicants will be selected based on their application, interview, and references.
While in the C.I.T. program, participants will be lead by a C.I.T. Coordinator. Under the supervision of the C.I.T. Coordinator , each C.I.T. will learn, practice, and independently demonstrate many skills required of the youth sport coach. C.I.T.’s will be taken through a cumulative coach and leadership education curriculum specifically tailored for high school students. Following Monday training sessions, C.I.T.’s will receive rubrics outlining specific goals and objectives for the week. Viking coaches, the Camp Director, and the C.I.T. Coordinator will evaluate the C.I.T.s’ performance using the weekly rubrics as evaluation tools. Thursday meetings will be held to “debrief” the C.I.T.’s on their weekly goals and objectives.
CIT’s are lead by our CIT Coordinator to develop important skills needed to become a successful coach at Viking.
- Participants will develop a personal coaching philosophy and a list of personal coaching objectives. Participants will learn about various coaching “styles” and will begin to hone a style that fits their goals and objectives.
- Participants will learn about and practice principles of teaching and coaching.
- Participants will learn about and practice areas of sport leadership, including (but not limited to): conflict resolution, giving and receiving feedback, motivation, and communication.
- Participants will learn about the importance of character education and its beneficial role in youth sport. Participants will review and practice ways to implement character education into everyday coaching interactions with youth sport participants.
C.I.T.’s are asked to make a 6-week commitment to the program (may be a combination of weeks, i.e. 3 weeks in July, 3 weeks in August) and are required to remain at camp from 8:30am-3:30pm. The February and April Vacation Camps are options as well*. C.I.T.’s will have weekly meetings (typically on Monday and Friday) from 3:30pm-4:30pm. C.I.T.’s will have occasional take-home assignments.
The 6-week commitment is a recommendation and NOT a requirement.
*If the CIT would like to participate in one or both of the vacation camps, they may still participate in six weeks of summer camp without an additional fee. In fact, we recommend that our CITs work at least one of the Vacation Camps to get experience prior to the start of summer camp (but it is not required).
To start the process of being a CIT download our application.
$1,000 for 6 weeks*
If you wish to add additional weeks, it is $150/week.
*Viking can not prorate the fee if the CIT is unable to participate for six weeks. If the CIT would like to participate in one or both of the vacation camps, they may still participate in six weeks of summer camp without an additional fee. In fact, we recommend that our CITs work at least one of the Vacation Camps to get experience prior to the start of summer camp (but it is not required).